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vrijdag 1 december 2017

The Lancet: [Correspondence] Mobilising experience from Ebola to address plague in Madagascar and future epidemics

[Correspondence] Mobilising experience from Ebola to address plague in Madagascar and future epidemics
As of Nov 10, 2017, there were a total of 2119 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of plague, and 171 deaths from plague in Madgascar. This outbreak is spreading throughout the country, affecting both rural and urban areas, and anthropologists have been mobilised by global health agencies to contribute to the emergency global health response. Many of these specialists previously worked on the 2014–16 Ebola virus disease epidemic in west Africa and possess experience and expertise gained from this context.
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[Comment] The global fight against malaria is at crossroads
Since 2000, millions of malaria deaths, especially among young children, have been averted in malaria-endemic countries with the unprecedented global investment in the fight against the disease.1 The malaria targets of the Millennium Development Goals for 2015 were achieved. Remarkably, this progress was reached by the imperfect application of imperfect tools. However, these gains may also have led to complacency about the worrying developments in recent years.
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[Health Policy] Disease burden and costs from excess alcohol consumption, obesity, and viral hepatitis: fourth report of the Lancet Standing Commission on Liver Disease in the UK
This report contains new and follow-up metric data relating to the eight main recommendations of the Lancet Standing Commission on Liver Disease in the UK, which aim to reduce the unacceptable harmful consequences of excess alcohol consumption, obesity, and viral hepatitis. For alcohol, we provide data on alcohol dependence, damage to families, and the documented increase in alcohol consumption since removal of the above-inflation alcohol duty escalator. Alcoholic liver disease will shortly overtake ischaemic heart disease with regard to years of working life lost.
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[Comment] A new vision for global health leadership
The complexity of global health problems demands leadership that represents the pluralism in society. The absence of gender parity in the leadership of key global health institutions in academic, governmental, and non-governmental organisations is evidence that this aspiration for diverse and inclusive leadership is not yet a reality.1,2 Women continue to represent most of the health workforce worldwide yet remain the minority in global health leadership.3 For example, only 31% of the world's ministers of health are women, and among the chief executives of the 27 health-care companies in the 2017 global Fortune 500, only one is female.
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[Department of Error] Department of Error
Kendler DL, Marin F, Zerbini CAF, et al. Effects of teriparatide and risedronate on new fractures in post-menopausal women with severe osteoporosis (VERO): a multicentre, double-blind, double-dummy, randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2017; published online Nov 9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32137-2—In figure 2F, the confidence interval around the hazard ratio should have been 0·14–0·58. This correction has been made to the online version as of Nov 30, 2017.
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